COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Bemidji State University forward Stephanie Anderson is one of 95 women invited to the 2016 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 8-14.
The invite marks the second consecutive summer Anderson will participate in the event.
USA Hockey will use its annual training session to identify Under-18 Select and Under-22 Select rosters for a pair of three-game series against Canada Aug. 17-21 in Calgary, Alberta. Final USA Hockey 22-player rosters will be announced Aug. 13.
Twenty-one members of the U.S. Women's National Team that won gold at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship and 21 members of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that won gold at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship will take part in the festival. A complete roster (32 defensemen, 54 forwards and nine goaltenders) and schedule are available here.
Anderson, who served an assistant captain for the Beavers in 2015-16, played in 31 games as a senior. She led BSU with 11 goals and added eight assists for 19 points to rank fifth on the team. She recorded five game-winning goals, which paced the Beavers and ranked third in the WCHA, while she was second on the team with 102 shots on goal. In addition, she scored two power-play goals and registered a +6 plus/minus rating. As a senior, she recorded three-multi point games and established a career-best three-point game versus Lindenwood (Jan. 7) to spark a seven-game point-streak during which she posted seven points with four goals and three assists. Following the season she was recognized as a member of the Academic All-WCHA Team.
A native of North St. Paul, Minn., Anderson’s history with USA Hockey runs deep. She played for Team USA in the 2014 Four Nations Cup, Nov. 4-8, and helped bring home the gold medal. She recorded an assist in four games played. Anderson was also invited to the 2015 USA Women's Winter Camp Dec. 27-Jan. 1. Following the 2015-16 season, she was named to the U.S. National Team roster for the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship but was unable to participate due to injury. June 1-5, she was one of 29 women to participate in the U.S. National Team’s Off-Ice Training Camp.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
Portions courtesy of USA Hockey.